Bluescope Steel and the HIA have teamed up to present the HIA-Bluescope Solutions in Steel Award, which showcase Building Designers across Australia who have 'used steel in residential construction projects that are of outstanding quality, original or a practical solution to a building challenge'.
BRD Group's entry was this Sunshine Coast residence designed over three levels. By selecting steel as the core element of the home we were able to create the fine lines and the building form and the features that are evident in the completed structure. The use of alternative products such as concrete or timber would have produced a bulkier and more expensive home.
The resultant use of a core steel structure produced a house that is extremely solid in its exposed hilltop location and also allows the house to blend and endure the test of time with low maintenance, sustainable materials.
Exposed galvanised steel was also used internally to compliment the external structure. Using the exposed steel frame to the stair and lift symbolically showed how the steel was a core element to the house and the rawness contrasted, but also complimented the other natural and modern finishes.
This project was selected as a 2012 finalist.